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Friday, April 13 • 9:45am - 10:30am
3D Printing and Open Innovation: Intellectual Property, the Creative Commons and the New Economy

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This presentation will consider 3D printing in terms of intellectual property, the Creative Commons, and the New Economy.  It will explore the use of open licensing in the context of the maker movement, 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This paper looks at the controversy over Left Shark. In particular, it examines the copyright claims of Katy Perry in respect of the Left Shark figure. It considers questions about scanning. Augustana College tried to assert copyright against a maker, Jerry Fisher, who was scanning statues of Michelangelo (although copyright had long since expired in such work). It focuses upon copyright law, 3D printing and readymades. The Estate of Marcel Duchamp lodged a copyright protest over a 3D printed set of chess, based on the work of Marcel Duchamp. It examines the intervention of a number of 3D printing companies in a Supreme Court of the United States dispute in Star Athletic v. Varsity Brands. It considers copyright law and intermediary liability. It examines the operation of technological protection measures in the context of copyright law and 3D Printing. There has been a tension between the proprietary approaches of start-up companies (particularly in respect of trade secrets), and the open ethos of the maker movement. One of the key features of the State of the Commons Report 2016 was the increasing use of creative commons licenses in the context of 3D printing.  There has been much discussion about the adoption of 3D printing in terms of open licensing, open education, open data, and open innovation. 

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Matthew Rimmer

Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law, Faculty of Business and Law, QUT
Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Business and Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines... Read More →

Friday April 13, 2018 9:45am - 10:30am EDT
SoCo Ballroom "A" 3rd floor, Delta Toronto Hotel, 75 Lower Simcoe St, Toronto ON